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(2000). In Love with Violence: The Anatomy Lesson of Francis Bacon: Katherine Stroczan. pp. 1-26. Psychoanal Q., 69(3):594-595.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: In Love with Violence: The Anatomy Lesson of Francis Bacon: Katherine Stroczan. pp. 1-26

(2000). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 69(3):594-595

Psyche. Zeitschrift Fr Psychoanalyse und Ihre Anwendungen. LIV, 1, 2000

In Love with Violence: The Anatomy Lesson of Francis Bacon: Katherine Stroczan. pp. 1-26

Francis Bacon has been celebrated by art critics as a master of violence representation, a reputation incessantly cultivated by the painter himself. The subject of violence plays such a paramount role both in his works and in its reception that it merits closer consideration. Taking the formal aspects of his paintings as a point of departure, the author examines the painter's instruments

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as they serve the pictoral transformation of violence. While representational goals remain invariable throughout Bacon's work, a consequential alteration within the means of representation can be observed. The significance of this transition is explored with respect to Bacon's project, and its instinctual and economic determinants are investigated in the context of Michel de M'Uzan's concepts on the nature of cruelty. It becomes evident that this unceasing display of violence is neither intended as a contribution to social criticism (which most of his colleagues would like to believe), nor does it represent a playful exercise, but rather an intensely serious enterprise characterized by a degree of inevitability and urgency that can hardly be overlooked. The concluding observations thus refer to the function of violence in Bacon's work.

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(2000). In Love with Violence: The Anatomy Lesson of Francis Bacon. Psychoanal. Q., 69(3):594-595

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